After Maurice Denis Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/canvas 10 x 14 25 x 35cm
Local Venue for our Art Show Blair Pessemier Acrylic/canvas 14 x 10 35 x 25cm
Mary in a niche Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/paper 25 x 17 41 x 63cm
The results of our “mosaic” painting have been rolling in, and we have more than ¾ of the squares, which will be assembled this week, in hand. For those too busy to get it in by the 1 April, please let us know, and we, or some wonderful volunteer, will paint another square. Things are looking fabulous.
We drove down to Rome this week, with a couple of exciting meetings to attend. The first, an alumni event at Blair’s architectural school, featured Jason Horowitz, head of the Rome desk for the New York Times. There were about twenty five people there, and the talk was casual, between him and the crowd. I was blown over by the sophistication of the Notre Dame journalism students, and I didn’t ask any questions for fear of sounding stupid. All of my questions were answered, in any case.
I was most pleased by the overall feeling that journalism still had a major place in our lives. We compared the “tweets” and statements made by politicians for their own greater good, versus the value of putting what was said into a context of current and past events. There was lots of specific information about Italy, and the Vatican, that rounded out a picture of where I live. There was a big emphasis on how lacking we are (America, and parts worldwide) in local news reporting. Where there were once real reporters in the town where I grew up, there are no longer. Much of that is the shift from an advertising based news”paper” to a digital edition – the New York Times subscription program seems to be keeping that publication alive and its reporters paid. It remains to be seen how this will be addressed locally.
Speaking of subscriptions, I am now offering a 4-painting-a-year subscription. For $550.00 a year, you can have four paintings, by Blair or I (2 each, or you can specify) delivered to your door. There will be a variety of our work, on canvas, on wood and on paper. Three of the four pieces will be ready to hang upon arrival, and the fourth piece, on paper, ready to pop into an “off-the-shelf” frame. I think this is a great way to start an art collection for yourself, or for a friend or loved one. It can brighten a dorm room or first apartment, or make the converted guestroom into a sophisticated place. It is possible to specify “colorful” or “neutral” (as neutral as we get).
As if this stellar evening in Rome wasn’t enough, the next day we went to a luncheon in Rome, where Rebecca Spitzmiller, of Retake Roma, spoke. She is an incredibly dynamic American woman who started a fight against graffiti and garbage, and general mess in the Eternal City. Her Grassroots organization www.retakeroma.org , now has 85 chapters in Rome alone, and 40 throughout Italy. Her drive is inspiring, whether you are troubled by graffiti or not. It showed me, and everyone else in that room, just what can be done with determination and a couple of friends: don’t take no for an answer. And it, like the journalism talk, it emphasized LOCAL.
We will be showing my Madonnas very locally, at Vescovio (where St Peter said mass once) in May. At the end of April, we will be in Rome, again on the via Margutta. Friends and painters will be joining us up North in the meantime to paint the cherry blossoms.